As many as 20 residents of Sector 12A have come together to protect trees in their area which are being allegedly cut illegally. In a complaint made to the CM Window, the residents have sought action against the cutting of trees in the sector. In their complaint submitted to the Forest department, the residents stated that two mango trees were cut in the premises of a Nav Bal Niketan School, Sector 12A, near Nahan Kothi.
“There were 11 mango trees which were standing tall for over 30 years. They bear fruits and children often come here and play. But in the last 10 days, two trees were cut and we have decided to oppose it,” said SK Verma, one of the residents.
The residents have also also written to Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr Garima Mittal seeking action. “ We urge the administration to take some steps so that the other trees can be protected,” said Verma.
When questioned, Ved Prakash, District Forest Officer (Pinjore) said that no permission was sought from the department regarding cutting of trees. “We had received a complaint from the residents and a team has been sent to verify the matter. No person nor any organisation had taken permission for cutting trees. We are looking into the case,” he said.
Residents alleged that the trees were cut by the school management to prepare a playground for the students. Out of the 11 trees, there are only 9 left and the branches of other trees have been pruned. The school ground faces Nahan Kothi, which has been declared a heritage building by the Haryana government.
“Trees cannot be cut without prior permission from the Forest department, so we decided to complain the matter. At a time, when the government is urging residents to grow more trees, this incident calls for a strict action. We will not let them proceed with it,” said Sanjeev Kaushik, another resident.